Cody’s Nine Lives by Rae Brewer

71y9uNgApGL._SL1400_Title: Cody’s Nine Lives
Series: Panthera Agency, #1
Author: Rae Brewer
Genre: Paranormal/ Shapeshifter
Length: Novel (138 Pages)
ISBN: B00EI0P6M0
Publisher: JK Publishing (April 29th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: In book one of the Panthera Agency: Cody has lost his spirit and he wants it back—he just doesn’t quite know how to achieve the
goal. After what he has been through—no one can blame him. To his new family he tries to act like his old-self but it’s taking a toll on him. Then if that is not enough, he comes face-to-face with his mate. The fear that he could possibly harm his mate—unwillingly, keeps Cody at a distance.

Remy enlists his cousins, from another branch of the Panthera Agency, to help with a case of missing shifters. But that’s not the only thing he finds when he arrives. Remy finds himself confused by the feelings he is experiencing around a man who flirts and laughs with the
women in the family but has an underlying sadness to him, his eyes have lost their light.

Cody finds someone to help with his lost soul but it will take the love of his mate and his family to help—along with a little
mystical spirit.

Can Cody find the missing pieces of himself and the happiness he so deserves? Will Remy finally find the answers to what his jaguar has known all along? Join the men as they deal with shifter hunters, poachers, gunfights, and find their path to each other.

Purchase Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/346218

Review: This is book one in this series and they should be read in order. It is a pretty amazing story. I love the way it was told and the characters are awesome. I love Cody and Remy. You can’t help but fall in love with them. Cody had been kidnapped, tortured, raped and in serious pain both physically and mentally. His family searched for him and when they found him, he was tied down and marks were all over his body. His friend Felix was the one that found him promised to never tell what had really happened to him. He shifted into his cougar and healed at least physically.

Remy had needed a ride from the airport so when he had called he got a hold of a cranky man. When he had found out that Cody was that cranky man, he also learned that this sexy man was his mate. Cody had given Felix permission to tell Remy what had happened to him. It tore Remy’s heart to know that his mate had been through something so horrific. He knew that he needed to be patient and give him some time to learn what he is about. He knew that he could fall in love with this man if he was not all ready in love with him.

The problem was there were missing shifters, which held the same clues that the man who hired the one to hurt Cody was in fact the one who was behind the differences. Cody had been abducted twice in such a short time, but the second one was easier for Cody to defend himself. They had so many dangers out there that Remy just wanted to keep Cody safe. Cody knew that he would love his mate and that he would heal enough to finish their bonding and mating. He just needed a little mystical help to finish healing him. In time, they would have a true mating.

They have poachers, shifter hunters, killers, gunfights, and many other dangers out there. You will fall in love with Cody and Remy. There is so much tenderness between them, and the way Remy is with Cody you can tell that he will always love his mate. It just makes for an awesome story. It has the right amount of everything that you would ever want in a story. I loved it and cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I have found another author to add to my library. Rae has an amazing gift at telling stories. It caught my attention at the very beginning and kept it all the way to the end.

I would recommend reading this book to anyone who loves paranormal books, hot men, tender stories, love, excitement, and danger.

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The Pucca and the Shifter by A.C. Ellas

4476thepuccaandtheshifter510w-430x645Title: The Pucca and the Shifter
Series: Son of the Wind Book 3
Author: A. C. Ellas
Genre: Fantasy/Action/ Paranormal/Shapeshifter
Length: Novella (99 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-77111-942-9
Publisher: Devine Destinies (2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: As the danger increases, so do the rewards.

V-Tach, the victorious co-winner of the Kentucky Derby, is set to face his rival Taifu in the rematch called the Preakness Stakes. V-Tach hates the track surface at Pimlico. It doesn’t feel right to him. His rival seems to relish it. Both colts are keen to compete in the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, but events outside their control may shape the outcome of the race.

Magical horses continue to disappear, and both the shifter V-Tach and his púcca lover, Pat, are definitely at risk, so much so that they dare not transform and reveal their magical natures. At the same time, the mafia is still trying to kill Brenden, all of which combines to leave their dreams downright endangered.

Will the O’Peleon men prevail against the long odds facing them? Will V-Tach prove able to overcome his dislike of the track and the other challengers who seek to steal the race from him?

Purchase Link: http://www.devinedestinies.com/The-Pucca-and-the-Shifter/

Review: This is book 3 in this series and I have got to tell you even though it is a good story I just had trouble with it. It was missing something I am not for sure what.

B-Tach is the co-winner of the Kentucky Derby. He is supposed to go against Taifu in a rematch. He is a horse with magic. He can turn into a human and is mated to Pat. Pat is not only a pucca but also human. He has mage powers.

The problem is the mafia still wants to kill Brenden. Because of all the dangers around them, they decided to keep their magical sides a secret. Which basically means Vee cannot change into human form until nightfall. It doesn’t leave them much time together though. Brenden wants Pat to keep up his magic training so that he can protect both him and Vee.

In this book Vee, who is also V-Tach hates the track surface at the Pimlico. There is something seriously wrong there. Pat has always had this dream of being number one, but with the Mafia coming after them he fears that their dreams will be struck down.

It is a cute story about love and two very sexy men. However, it is just downright bizarre. I love paranormal stories but there is just something about this story that will draw you in. It is just a different world in this book. I don’t much care for the fact that Vee is too much of a horse than he is a human. It just seems a bit weird to me. I can’t wait to see if the next book is any different.

Make You Mine by Ann Lister

21400134Title: Make You Mine
Series: The Rock Gods, #3
Author: Ann Lister
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Length: Novel (387 pages)
Publisher: SleighFarm Publishing Group (April 29, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate just not in moderation
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Cooper Rand is the high-energy drummer for his band Ivory Tower. Everyone is drawn to Cooper; which makes him the go-to party guy for those lucky enough to call him friend. He loves the lifestyle that comes along with being a rock star and feels perfectly suited for the role. He is also a professional when it comes to the hook-up, unwilling to stick around long enough to allow emotions to enter into what he’s doing. He’s lived his entire life ‘in the moment’ and it isn’t until he meets Jayson that he begins to question the direction of his life and if he’s been missing out on something truly special all this time.

Jayson Keller has spent most of his life living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard working as a builder. Living on a small, conservative island also has Jayson working overtime to keep his sexual orientation secret. He has mastered the art of hiding in the closet, but he doesn’t want it to be a forever thing. Jayson always said if the right man came along, he’d happily leave the safety of his closet and live openly as a gay man. The problem is, living where he does limit his partner options and finding someone worth coming out of that closet for seems an unlikely prospect.

A party at Alex Metcalf’s island estate brings Cooper and Jayson face-to-face. Lightning strikes hot and fast and suddenly their lives take a whole new path. Has Jayson finally met a man worth leaving his self-imposed closet? Have a couple of hours spent alone with Jayson opened Cooper to the idea there is a deeper meaning to life beyond the stage and the value of a committed relationship? But, a bigoted family and the rock star lifestyle could ruin everything and keep both men searching for what was standing right in front of them: a soul mate.
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Make-You-Mine-Rock-Gods-ebook/dp/B00K1053R4
Review: When Cooper Rand literally runs into Jayson Keller at a party, both their lives will change, irrevocably. The attraction is instantaneous and overwhelming, for both of them. From that first twining of the hands, it’s pretty much a done deal. Now Cooper and Jayson just have to figure out in their heads what they are already feeling in their hearts.

Cooper Rand loves them and leaves them, he has a steady stream of past lovers and the no strings attached approach has always been his modus operandi. Until he met Jayson. From their first meeting he was captivated by Jayson’s eyes. For the briefest moment, Cooper wasn’t sure Jayson was gay, but then Jayson kissed him and stole more than just the wild drummer’s breath.

Jayson Keller has spent his life hiding who he was. He and his mother escaped his abusive father when he was young, only for her to choose a replacement that replaced the physical abuse with angry words. He has always explored his sexuality behind closed doors and decided when he was a young adult that his true attraction lies with other men. His mantra has always been, I’ll come out when there is someone worth coming out for. Could Cooper be that person?

The two struggle with every aspect of their relationship except the physical one. Their attraction is immediate, intense and burns white-hot. It’s a flame that is never extinguished. It’s the trust, communication, falling in love and being loved that they are having issues with. Can Coop trust Jayson to be open and honest with him about everything? Can Jay trust Cooper with his heart, and not constantly worry his new lover is falling into the arms of another. Reputations do proceed us, you know. While passion in a relationship is extremely important, so is trust and communication. If Cooper and Jayson are going to make a go of it, they will have to learn that difficult balance between the three.

Lister has created some of the most fascinating characters with her Rock Gods series. This is book 3, and while the struggles are similar with each installment, each different character definitively shows a life of their own. I loved how she took the bad boy rocker, Coop, and showed how he was completely annihilated emotionally by the good old boy, Jayson. These two are like rabbits, which at first annoyed me, but then I realized that it was an important aspect of the story Lister was telling for these two characters. It’s safe and easy for them to just fall into bed. What’s difficult and hard is to talk, open up and trust each other with everything, especially their hearts.

Three dimensional and fantastically flawed characters undoubtedly bring ‘Make You Mine’ to life. But the in-depth and detailed writing skills of Lister add a reality and a beauty to the story that would be lost otherwise. This is a must read for those that like rocker stories, true love, hopeless romantics and those HEA endings!

 

The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams by Amelia Gormley

21898162Title: The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams
Series: Saugatuck, #0.5
Author: Amelia Gormley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (46 pages)
Publisher: Amelia Gormley (April 12th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Chris Boyden loved Matt VanderVeen since junior high. But growing up gay in the Bible belt of west Michigan was difficult, and unlike Matt, he wasn’t brave enough to face the prejudice head-on. Especially when his family told him over and over, that he wouldn’t be able to attend college without a scholarship.

Back in high school, he worried that coming out would get him kicked off the baseball team or make recruiters reluctant to scout him. Eventually, Matt broke up with him when he couldn’t handle being Chris’s secret boyfriend any longer, but college has given them a second chance — if Chris has the courage to take it.

When a terrible injury puts Chris’s baseball scholarship in jeopardy, it reminds Chris of all the reasons he stayed in the closet to begin with, and his ultra-masculine father’s expectations and thoughtless homophobia aren’t helping. Baseball has always been Chris’s hope for the future, but now that dream could cost him Matt’s love.

NOTE: This eBook novelette is a re-release. It was originally published by the Goodreads M/M Romance group as part of their Love Has No Boundaries event in June 2013.
Purchase Link: NOTE: This book is FREE at the time of posting. http://www.amazon.com/Field-Someone-Elses-Dreams-Saugatuck-ebook/dp/B00JMXYYXK
Review: Chris and Matt have been in a relationship a couple of times now. First in high school, but Matt left Chris when he wouldn’t come out. Now in college they are trying to make a go of it again. But the same issues that drove a wedge between them before are not yet resolved. Can Chris come to terms with his sexuality and be honest with his conservative family about who he really is? Or will he allow his pride and appearances to cause the man he loves to leave him alone, again.

Chris Boyden loves baseball, he loves everything about it. The rush, the feeling and the sound when he holds that bat in his hand and hits the ball. But his reasons for playing may not be all self-serving. He feels the need to provide for his family, he doesn’t want to let them down. This is a huge factor in why he hasn’t told anyone he is gay either. But the time has come to make a decision. Either Chris comes out and lives his life in the open with Matt, or he stays in the closet and looses the one thing that matters most, Matt’s love.

Matt VanderVeen has loved Chris since they were teenagers. But he wants to love him out loud. He wants to hold hands in public, kiss him whenever he wants and take vacations together. Not lie about where they are going, who they are with or what they are doing. When Chris is injured and finally comes out to his family, it would seem that Matt is getting his wish. But the regret and the backlash may be more than his lover can handle.

This book pissed me off! But not for the reason you may think. My heart broke for Chris and the struggle he was going through. The conversation with his mother in the hospital literally floored me. I wanted to reach into my kindle and strangle her! Kudos to Gormley for making the emotions and words jump off the pages and really resonate with me. Matt was as understanding as could be expected, in his situation. And it’s not often that I read a story where the character is completely honest about his feelings. Matt told Chris straight up that he loved him and he would hold on, until he couldn’t hold on anymore.

I am completely in awe of Gormley’s writing style. There is something almost animalistic in her writing that is really engaging. I can’t wait to see what she gives us next. Be sure to grab a copy of this book, it’s free right now, and then follow up with the companion novel, Saugatuck Summer.

Lost In the Crowd by E.M. Leya

81qv80MVK8L._SL1500_Title: Lost In the Crowd
Series: N/A
Author: E.M. Leya
Genre: Gay Contemporary/Country/Musician
Length: Novel (155 pages)
ISBN: B00J75GWFG
Publisher: E.L. Publishing (March 23rd, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Jared Watson has everything a person could dream of having. He’s the hottest country music sensation to hit the charts in years. He travels the world doing what he loves, but something is missing. No matter where he goes, security follows. His manager is always calling or on his case, and no matter where he goes, fans are hounding him for autographs. He would give anything for just a couple days away. A chance to go back to being a nobody.

With two weeks off, Jared finds himself ditching his security team after his last show, desperate to figure out a way to go into hiding for a couple days and relax. Maybe find that missing part of the person he used to be.

When he meets Scott, the chef at the arena he just performed at, and is offered the perfect escape, he takes him up on it. Little does he know, the one night will change his life forever.
Scott treats him like a normal person, not the music idol he is, and their friendship grows.

After years of hiding, he is finally free to be himself and live the life he left behind for fame and fortune. Trouble is, he only has two weeks before he has to be back on the road. Leaving his freedom behind, let alone Scott, might be more than he can bear.
Product Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21539703-lost-in-the-crowd
Reviewer: Tootsie
Review: Lost In the Crowd is a very sweet, enjoyable novel. It can be read in one setting, but besides that, you don’t want to put it down. If you have never read anything by E.M. Leya, first of all, you are missing out, and secondly, this is a great read by an amazingly talented author.

I don’t like to rehash the blurb, but it really hits the mark with the context of this story. Jared is a musician, and is on the top of his career. He is financially secure, he has #1 hits on the charts, he has a loving and supporting family, and he is adored by his fans. Sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? It should be everything he has ever wanted, and for the most part, it is. He’s been doing this gig for 11 years with very little time to himself. He is rundown, fed up, and at the end of his rope. He just wants a few days to himself, try to re-group, rest, and do it all over again. Doesn’t sound like a bad request, right? The only problem though, his manager, Ben, won’t leave him alone. So Jared takes the situation, into his own hands. He escapes his security team, after a concert, and ends up hiding in the kitchen, of the arena, he just performed. What’s he gonna do, now, since he has given them the shaft? Where will he go and not be recognized? He didn’t really think it thru, he just needed to go.

It seems this may be his lucky day. In the kitchen is Scott, the chef, who recognizes Jared, but he doesn’t make a big deal about it. He offers to help by giving him a hiding place, but more than that, he opens his home to him for two weeks. Scott finds Jared very attractive and sexy. Once he finds out that he is also gay, he lets the attraction take over. They have amazing chemistry. They have an undeniable connection, so they put it to good use. Jared may be burnt out in his career, but he is all fireworks in the bedroom, or the couch, possibly the kitchen table, anywhere that has a flat surface, they put it to use. Two weeks, that’s all they have. Neither wanted to form any attachments, they both know their time is limited. Will they be able to call it quits? Do they even want too? Over several weeks of phone calls, they answer these questions. I was pleasantly surprised with the decisions they made.

Even, though, this is a relatively short story, the author does an incredible job stretching the time frame to accommodate their schedules and previously committed responsibilities. I would probably still consider this an insta-love story, but it works for them. If you are looking for a feel-good, no angst story, you should definitely give this a go. This is the perfect book for a day at the beach, or sitting at home curled up in a blanket. E.M. Leya has many wonderful stories, including this one, which everyone should take the time to read. You will be glad you did. This is a very sexy, fun-filled, novel that I truly enjoyed.

Beautiful Sunset by Sarah Masters

81oAJk9KdFL._SL1500_Title: Beautiful Sunset

Series: Lust Bites

Author: Sarah Masters

Genre: Contemporary/Angels & Demons

Length: Short (42 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-78184-937-8

Publisher: Totally Bound (January 30th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Can Thomas help Matt forget the past?

Matt has been visiting the lake for time alone to sort through his feelings over the break-up with his ex, Jack. He feeds a heron, the only constant in his life, and ponders on the future. One day, a man appears and sits beside him—Thomas, who seems to understand Matt’s inner turmoil.

Accepting an invitation into Thomas’ home on the other side of the lake, Matt discovers people aren’t always what they seem. Some people appear to know exactly what you’re thinking. And some people are destined to be yours…

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released at another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release by Totally Bound Publishing.

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/beautiful-sunset

Review: Matt has been heartbroken after a terrible breakup with his past lover. Jack didn’t only leave, but chose to humiliate Matt as well. Matt takes solace in the peace and quiet he finds at the lake. He is content to sit, think, and feed a heron that welcomes him each day.
Thomas has been waiting and watching for Matt. He just hopes that when Matt finds out his secret he will be able to accept who and what he is.

I thought this was absolutely beautiful. I found it poetic and magical as well as sexy and emotional. I love the artistic concepts in this story and the sensual but hot mansex.

If you like deep emotional stories, short and sweet, herons, Angels, tranquillity, and some sensual mansex this is for you!

Kidnapping Cupid by Samantha Lehane

91ggBmPFSzL._SL1500_Title: Kidnapping Cupid
Series: N/A
Author: Samantha Lehane
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Short (29 Pages)
Publisher: Musa Publishing (Mar 21st, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: When Cupid conspires with Venus to play a prank on the stoic god of the sea, he has no idea that his tin-plated arrow will unleash the undersea scandal of the century.

Cupid is always up for a prank, as long as it doesn’t interfere with his football matches, pub brawls, and gambling. When Venus asks her son to strike Neptune, Cupid should have considered why his mother was so interested…or maybe he just should have drunk a little less ambrosia.

Neptune is a stoic sea god, untouched by love. That is until something happens and Neptune sings his love for—Amphitrite? A woman who hates him and until recently, whom Neptune scarcely noticed. But there was a witness–and Neptune knows exactly whose tin arrow is to blame.

Cupid ends up on the pointy side of Neptune’s trident before being dragged under the sea. To get back to the surface, it’s either sink, swim, or seduce. And when wedding bells chime, the love god has to decide if he is truly brave enough to put his heart on the line.
Product Link: http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=758
ISBN: 978-1-61937-735-6
Reviewer: Shorty
Review: Cupid is kidnapped by Neptune after shooting him with an arrow. It was supposed to just be a joke, But, while Neptune has him, they have a brief fling. At least, that was the plan.  It was only after Cupid is released, that he begins to realize he has feelings for Neptune and stops the wedding.

Neptune was hot and sexy, while Cupid was naughty and cute. It was a good read. The use of mythology was creative and the characters were fleshed out nicely.

Kinda felt bad for Amphitrite, but…oh, well. 😉